One of my favourite Austen novels. Emma is surely not the most likeable protagonist, but oh so authentic: a spoilt rich girl who thinks she knows better than everyone. Her arrogance and naïveté is so funny to read about; and as always, the other characters are hilarious as well. It might be a bit hard to get into Austen‘s writing — especially the long descriptions of every day life and the long dialogues — but it‘s worth it!
Book #53: Coming into Emma with a fairly large preconceived notion about the Austen/Bronte books of the time, I was pleasantly surprised and this book was actually better than I was expecting. Once I got passed Austen's round-about way of speaking the book rather intrigued me. The story is about a female in her early twenties among the upper class social...
This was a tough one. Although e is the most used letter, not very many of my books have a title word that starts with E. It was Emma, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, & Ken Follett‘s World Without End & The Pillars of the Earth.
"Never mind, Harriet, I shall not be a poor old maid; and it is poverty only which makes celibacy contemptible to a generous public! A single woman, with a very narrow income, must be a ridiculous, disagreeable old maid! -- the proper sport of boys and girls -- but a single woman, of good fortune, is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as any body else.”
Emma‘s snobbery is both horrifying and amusing.
“Her daughter enjoyed a most uncommon degree of popularity for a woman neither young, handsome, rich, nor married. Miss Bates stood in the very worst predicament in the world for having much of the public favour; and she had no intellectual superiority to make atonement to herself, or frighten those who might hate her into outward respect.” Miss Bates is everybody‘s favorite #spinster #quotsyjune19 @TK-421
This exclusive audiobook is amazing; no contrived voices by one narrator because actors play the parts. Includes music and sound effects. The writing is, of course, well done. But let me say: this is not my genre. Facts in the story irritate me to no end—is it really true that women of a certain class at a certain time in history had nothing better to do than worry about romantic pairings? 🤔 Women: get a life! My apologies to Austen fans. 😶
I had bailed shortly into this when I first got it, but started it again today. Not my genre and Emma the main character is driving me nuts! But the audio quality is top notch: look at the talent of the “cast.” I liked the movie Pride and Prejudice, so I‘m sticking this one out come what may. Perhaps I‘ll be surprised.